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Call For Papers HICSS 56 Self-Tracking Technologies

Conference: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-56) | January 3-6, 2023

Track: Information Technology in Healthcare

Minitrack: Self-Tracking Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2022 (11:59 PM HST)


This minitrack aims to enable a critical discussion on opportunities and challenges regarding self-tracking technologies within the health-related area. Self-tracking technologies of interest include:

  • Health-related mobile applications:
    • Physical activity, workouts, sleep monitoring, e.g., Fitbit, Strava, Runtastic, Samsung Health
    • Weight loss: e.g., WeightWatchers
    • Mental health, mood tracker, e.g., Daylio Journal
    • Healthier thoughts habits, e.g., What’s Up
  • Fitness trackers (wristbands) for physical activity, workouts, sleep monitoring: e.g., Fitbit, Xiaomi, Garmin
  • Smart watches: e.g., Apple Watch, Samsung Watch


This minitrack concentrates on users and the opportunities and challenges of applying self-tracking technologies. Potential (empirical, conceptual, quantitative, and qualitative) submissions for this minitrack should address the challenges and/or opportunities regarding the following aspects:

  • Use and integration studies of health-related self-tracking technologies in:
    • Everyday life, working environment (employment), healthcare, and education
    • Different health-related contexts (e.g., physical activity, chronic illness, fertility, mental health and wellness)
  • Considering different stakeholders (e.g., health insurances, libraries, hospitals, doctors) and their role and impact on users’ self-tracking technologies acceptance and usefulness
  • Discontinuance and short-term usage studies with aiming to shed light on implications of developing self-tracking technologies for long-term usage
  • To what extent gamification elements and the design of goal setting: 
    • Motivate and support activity tracking technologies (e.g., from a psychological perspective)
    • Cause negative feelings (e.g., feeling guilty, disappointed) and burden a user
  • Impact of presented information and visualizations, both emotional aspects and cognitive load (e.g., health information literacy, information avoidance)

This minitrack also seeks submissions that shed light on why and in which context users apply self-tracking technologies as those aspects can lead to unintended consequences. All submissions that bring different disciplines together are welcomed, especially computer science, system sciences, social sciences, psychology, medicine, health informatics, and information science.

Minitrack Chair:

Aylin Imeri (Ilhan)
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf



Important Dates for Paper Submission
June 15, 2022 | 11:59 pm HST: Paper Submission Deadline
August 17, 2022: Notification of Acceptance/Rejection
September 22, 2022: Deadline for Authors to Submit Final Manuscript for Publication
October 1, 2022: Deadline for at least one author of each paper to register for HICSS-56


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